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ready player one

READY PLAYER ONE Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S READY PLAYER ONE ABOUT? The creator of the largest virtual reality world ever, called the OASIS, dies and leaves a challenge to anyone who can find three invisible keys that lead to a hidden Easter egg to win a fortune and ownership over the OASIS. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it is full of imagination, fun, action, romance, humor, and a moral lesson. Game on! (Rent or buy i ...[Read More]

the post

THE POST Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S THE POST ABOUT? Risking their careers and their freedom, Katharine Graham (the first female publisher of a major American newspaper) and colleague Ben Bradlee race to keep up with The New York Times to expose a massive government cover-up. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) The Post may be set in the early 1970’s but don’t let that fool you into believing that ...[Read More]

the bfg family movie review

THE BFG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE BFG ABOUT? A British orphan forms a bond with a “Big Friendly Giant” (BFG) and teams up with him to stop other giants from eating England's children. Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) It's a testament to the talent of Steven Spielberg that one of his lesse ...[Read More]

Bridge of spies

BRIDGE OF SPIES Family Movie Review

Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BRIDGE OF SPIES ABOUT? A New York attorney (Tom Hanks) is recruited to defend a Soviet spy, then to negotiate a prisoner exchange for an American POW during the Cold War. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A+) Much as he did with 2012's Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has taken a dialogue-heavy screenplay with very little action and turned it into so ...[Read More]

war horse

WAR HORSE Family Movie Review

  WAR HORSE REVIEW (Grade: A-) In films such as E.T. and Hook, Steven Spielberg proved himself a master of sentimental film-making (in the best sense of that term). With Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, he proved himself capable of gritty realism. His latest effort, War Horse, utilizes both sides of his talent. Based on a stage play by the same name, it captures both the sorrows of w ...[Read More]



THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN REVIEW (Grade: B+) I wish that the last Indiana Jones film had been this much fun! By switching increasingly out-of-touch producer George Lucas with landmark filmmaker Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong), director Steven Spielberg has given us something truly extraordinary. Jackson, as producer, contributes the motion-capture wizardry that he utilized to bring ...[Read More]

Indiana jones


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Jonathan's note: this film has not aged well for me. This review, written in the fervor of having a new Indy movie, is more favorable than what I would write today. I think Harrison Ford is great in this, but almost everything else in the movie doesn't work for me now.  Where do I start? For nearly twenty years, the original trilogy has stood alon ...[Read More]

Which INDY Film is Best?

Which INDY Film is Best?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Note: This was written in 2008 in anticipation of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  May 22 is only ten days away, marking the glorious return of, arguably, the silver screen's greatest action hero. I've already got my ticket to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and this past week I re-watched the original three to get myself psyched ...[Read More]